Blood donation remains essential amid COVID-19 pandemic

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RIVERSIDE – A year ago, many things in the world paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the need for blood never stopped. The American Red Cross urged individuals who are healthy to make an appointment to donate blood as the blood supply continues to face challenges from the pandemic and the extreme winter weather that impacted much of the U.S. in February.More donors, especially those with type O blood, are needed now to ensure that patients have lifesaving blood products available for emergencies and everyday medical treatments. Schedule a blood donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting, calling 800-733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.March is Red Cross Month, and the Red Cross is c
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